It has been 25 years since their first album, Cruel Sun, and Rusted Root is still going strong. Having collaborated with one another for almost three decades they have honed the perfect combination of musical intuition, freedom, and virtuosity, which has allowed them to organically shape shift into their own distinct and undeniable sound.
In 1992 Rusted Root released Cruel Sun independently and two years later, while signed to Mercury, they released their platinum-selling breakthrough, When I Woke, which spawned the Top 40 hit “Send Me On My Way.” With follow up albums Remember (1996), Rusted Root (1998), and Welcome To My Party (2002), the band had plenty of material to fill the double album Rusted Root Live (2004) on their own Touchy Pegg label.
With eight studio albums under their belt, over three million records sold worldwide, and countless nights on the road, Rusted Root transcends age, generation, culture, and musical style. Their music has been featured in films like Ice Age, Twister, and Matilda, TV shows like New Girl, Ally McBeal, Charmed, and Chuck as well as an Enterprise-Rent-A-Car campaign.
Bassist and vocalist Patrick Norman says, “From the very first time we played music together, I knew we had something special. The music and the enjoyment of creating and playing with one another I feel is the driving force behind this band.” The powerhouse ensemble’s sweat-inducing and hypnotic live performances have followed them to tour alongside everyone from Santana, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page’s reunion tour and countless others; most recently Toad The Wet Sprocket in 2016.